"The Open Desktop communities Open-PC project is now offering
three different models of open computers with turn-key GNU/Linux
and KDE installations based on OpenSUSE (or Ubuntu). These systems
could provide real competition with pre-installed Windows or Mac
computers, overcoming some of the most frequently-cited problems
with GNU/Linux on the desktop. The systems are now available from
vendors in Europe and the USA.
"It's not that uncommon to come across brave plans for
GNU/Linux-based computer systems, ranging from games to netbooks to
desktops, but they often turn out to be vaporware that never makes
it to market. One thing that's exciting about the Open-PC project
is that it actually has hardware in stock now — so if you
think you're actually in the market for a low-cost "nettop"
computer with GNU/Linux/KDE branding and a totally-configured
operating system pre-configured for newbies (maybe for a gift?),
then do read on, this is the real deal."